past the measuring stick
5 November - 30 November 2013
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Guest speaker: Nici Cumpston, Artistic Director/Curator, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Festival 2015, AGSA.

A solo exhibition of James Tylor's ambrotypes on glass and limited edition inkjet prints on paper.

James Tylor is a brilliant young emerging artist of Maori, Aboriginal and Anglo-Australian descent. His work in alternative photomedia processes, like ambrotypes, is forging a new path where cultural hybridity is explored and embraced. Colonisation had a profound impact on Aboriginal and Maori people, the effects of which are still strongly felt today. While acknowledging the past atrocities, Tylor's investigations move beyond standard post-colonial critiques to a space where his multi-strand heritage interweaves to create a contemporary reality shared by many.

In past the measuring stick, Tylor creates his own objects based on Maori and Aboriginal cultural material, which he then photographs. By realising the images as ambrotypes, he evokes memories of the scientific documentation of artefacts. Except Tylor's objects differ in that they are fabricated from Australian and New Zealand materials and/or forms to create new objects which do not belong entirely to one or the other culture. The scale of the works is intimate and personal.

(Deleted scenes) From an untouched landscape is a series of photographic pastoral landscapes printed on Hahnemuhle paper, from which a hole is excised. The series speaks quietly, but powerfully, of the erasure of Aboriginal occupation by farmers in Australia. With any trace of their habitation removed, the farmers were free to claim the land was vacant for their use.